The teen student suspected of gunning down two administrators inside his Denver high school was previously arrested for possessing a ghost gun and remained on probation in connection with the 2021 incident, according to reports.
Austin Lyle allegedly shot and wounded two deans at East High School Wednesday morning. His body was found hours later in a remote mountain area in Park County, about 50 miles southwest of Denver, near the small town of Bailey, police said.
Some two years before the shooting, Lyle was arrested on a weapons charge after classmates flagged posts about guns on the teen’s social media, law enforcement sources told CBS Colorado. In response, officers with the Aurora police department searched Lyle’s family home, where they discovered a rifle with a “high capacity magazine and a silencer” in his room.
The firearm also had its serial number filed off, sources said.
It’s illegal for a minor to possess a gun in Colorado, and a judge later placed Lyle on probation, which was reportedly still in effect this week.
The teen had been attending Overland High School in Aurora at the time of his arrest. Lyle was “disciplined for violating board policy” during the 2021-2022 school year and consequently “removed from Overland High School,” a representative for Cherry Creek School District told NBC News.
It’s not clear whether his expulsion was tied to his weapons charge.
Lyle then enrolled at East High School, where he was forced to adhere to a “safety plan” with requirements including that he get patted down every morning. He opened fire on two school staffers, both of them male, during the mandated search on Wednesday, and then he fled the scene.
One of the victims was listed in stable condition on Friday while the other has since been released from the hospital.
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